What Do Strategic Leaders Do?
Since we can’t do everything and therefore it is important to pay attention to which activities need your most effective and creative energy – your A plus work if you will – and which activities need a less intense approach, I decided to pass along wisdom from another source today. My mother is hospitalized and I have a heavy client load this week so I decided my blog post could be B minus work and still have value for you.
Continuing on the theme of strategic thinking (since it’s so very important to how you run your work and even how you run your day), here’s what Inc Magazine says strategic leaders do:
Anticipate – beyond your the normal scope of awareness. Look at the edges of your industry and beyond into what’s happening in other industries. Network to scan the horizon.
Think critically – so you challenge your assumptions, reframe problems, uncover bias or hypocrisy.
Interpret – by analyzing multiple sources of data for patterns and test multiple assumptions.
Decide – don’t get stuck in analysis. Often decisions today need to be made with incomplete information.
Align – by fostering open dialogue. Become aware of others’ agendas, face tough issues, and build necessary support.
Learn – by evaluating quickly, making course corrections and celebrating both success and failure that teaches.
Here’s a link to the full text of Paul Schoemaker’s blog: http://www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html
Ask yourself today: Am I thinking strategically?